Jared Murray, 37, is a prisoner at the South Bay Correctional Facility in Florida
A criminal who has been behind bars for 25 years for an armed robbery that his mother was the brain of is accused of carrying out a fraud scheme that allowed him to build his dream home with Lowe’s stolen $ 1 million material while in was in prison.
Jared Murray, 37, is a prisoner at the South Bay Correctional Facility in Florida.
He is serving a 25-year sentence for his role in an armed robbery in 2011 that his mother, Loretta Hart, invented. She is also in prison.
Last year, he reportedly built a house in Lake Placid with goods stolen from Lowe’s.
He would have done it for a year by using a contraband mobile to place orders with Lowe’s under the names of contractors who had open credit at the home improvement store.
Murray is said to steal their identity and order material to be sent to the property, it is said. Contractors there then built the house without ever meeting him.
According to an affidavit from the FBI on the matter raised by The Daily Beast, Murray or one of his employees would impersonate the contractors to place large orders with Lowe’s.
He would then reportedly sell some of the material online, in apps like OfferUp, and keep the money to pay contractors working on his property.
The property Murray built is now selling for $ 185,000; the government has not yet seized it
Photos of the property listing show the unfinished interior of the home
He used multiple cell phones to fulfill the order, agents said, and was assisted by both a woman described as his “one of his love interests” and a woman described as his “aunt.”
Authorities were notified of the scheme in November 2019 when an employee of Lowe reported a potential fraud.
Murray pretended to be someone named Wayne Jones and charged over $ 4,000 into a Duane McQuillen Construction account, it is said.
He bought roof shingles and made sure they were sent to the Lake Placid lot where he was building the property.
Five days later, he bought allegory another $ 5,000 worth of roof shingles, this time under the name Bobby T Inc.
Some roof shingles were sold on the app for half their market value.
Murray is said to have managed the OfferUp account under the name email@example.com and called himself Mike Myers.
Murray led the schedule from South Bay Correctional Facility in Florida (photo)
His co-conspirators had kept his phone number under ‘Bae’, according to the affidavit, and their photos included images of him in a prison uniform, leaning against a wall.
The women deposited money into his Cash App account, sometimes in excess of $ 1,000, after selling Lowe’s stolen goods.
The money was then used to pay the contractors who built Murray’s house.
He reportedly paid another prisoner in prison $ 200 a month to hold his phone so he could use his cell phone to do ‘business’ whenever he wanted to, the affidavit claimed.
That prisoner told police Murray bragged that he had made over $ 1 million from the plan.
He kept some of the money in a locker that, according to the prisoner, one of his lawyers had access to.
Murray bought the plot where he will build his property in July 2019 for $ 4,500.
The house is now listed for sale for $ 185,000, but is being seized by the government.
It is unclear what will happen to Murray or any of the others involved.
The investigation is ongoing and he has not yet been charged.